Love Me, Love My Belly (LMLMB) is a print zine dedicated to the acceptance of self and imperfection as beauty. It’s about the space between us, our differences, our scars, our wobbly bits, and our power as it relates to the bodies we live in. We publish as our issues fill, about every year to year and a half.
We currently consider electronic submissions only. Our zine reading period fluctuates.
This year, we’re reading: Feb 10 – April 10 & Sept 10 – Oct 10.
LMLMB considers a variety of works ranging from photographs or artworks to poetry and essay in which size or body image is a central theme. We’re looking for work that ultimately comes to a positive message or close, work that revolves around self acceptance, or work that seeks to accept perceived-imperfection as beautiful.
Please do not submit work that apologizes for itself.
We read via Submittable, an online submission manager.
All kinds of work will be considered, including essay, lyric essays, letters, lists, profiles, and chunks of memoir. Works should range from 500 to 5,000 words in standard manuscript format.
We will read up to 5 poems at a time. Each poem should be 65 lines or fewer, or as close as you can get. Longer poems will be considered, but are less likely to be accepted. Include all of your poems in one document. (Note: We are unlikely to publish rhyming poetry.)
Given the output format, we prefer high contrast black and white work. All media will be considered. Please include a list of titles, media, and sizes with up to 5 pieces of work (submitted individually). Initial submission should be .jpgs of up to 7 inches on the longest side. Vertical images are preferred.
All Submissions must be in standard manuscript format. Please do not submit in Courier. Garamond or Times New Roman is preferred! Please include a simple cover letter with your name, address, and e-mail. If you’re published elsewhere, that’s great, but limit yourself to telling us about 5 or fewer. Note: We read cover letters last, so the content will not influence our opinion of the work unless it’s clear that these guidelines were not consulted.
All work should be submitted digitally via Submittable.
We ask for First North American Serial Rights—copyright reverts to respective poets/artists upon publication. We may contact various authors to request rights to feature content/excerpts on the website or in promo materials.
We will do our best to make notification of acceptance within 8 weeks of submission, schedule permitting. If you do not receive a reply within 90 days, please query via lovemelovemybelly (at) gmail (dot) com.
LMLMB pays in one contributor copy.
No monetary compensation is available at this time.
30% discount on additional contributor copies is offered.